Soweto, the home of Soccer in South Africa will historically be hosting the Super 14 rugby final for 2010. One of the most epic sporting events for me, must be the Super 14 final. What makes this even better is that both teams are South African and whats even better then that is that the Stormers are in the final. For the first time ever The Stormers will walk onto the pitch to play in there first Super Rugby final. I hope Soweto and the Bulls are ready for the onslaught that the Stormers will bring on Saturday. I think everyone has written the Stormers off already. Lets see how the teams match up:
Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.
Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 22 Pedrie Wannenburg.
Both teams are exactly the same teams that started the Super 14 this year, except for Jaco Pretorious in the number 13 jersey. There are going to be some awesome head to head battles, with the likes of Bryan Habana on Gerard Van Den Heever, who has stepped up this year in a big way. Andries Bekker against Victor Matfield in the line outs and pretty much both loose trio’s will be fighting it out in the rucks and mauls. I am really looking forward to this! I am going to predict a Stormers victory (ofcourse) by about 6 points. I dont see this game being a high scoring one either.
Date: Saturday, May 29
Venue: Orlando Stadium, Soweto
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Expected weather: More clouds than sun. Cool at kick-off time. High of 19°C, low of 4°C. Light breeze, 9km/h N. There’s a 32 percent chance of precipitation.
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Cobus Wessels, Christie du Preez
Reserve referee: Mark Lawrence
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
(team and match day info: iafrica.com)